New ‘Turkmen armed force’ concerns Kurds

Kirkuk, September 2017, Kirkuk Citadel from seen from the marketplace of the city, where the flags of Iraq, Kurdistan Region and Turkmens are waiving. Photo: The Guardian

Goran Baban – Kirkuk Although Turkmen Front rejects the allegation, the head of the Kirkuk Governorate Council claims to have intelligence that they have already “trained soldiers” to create a paramilitary force beyond the remit of the law. The allegation started weeks ago, where mostly Kurdish officials warned of such a move by the Turkmen […]

From displacement to hope
Yazidi family resumes life

Gullstan says they have more time with her husband due to their new project. Photo: Paula Piccone, UNDP

Sirwan Hussein “The crisis was disastrous; we were hopeless, but now we live with dignity,” a Yazidi woman said after returning home. According to a report by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), hope and stability have gradually and unexpectedly returned to a Yazidi family, through a project started with their help. Gullstan, 23, lives […]

Sulaimaniyah security refuses to return journalists seized equipment

Security forces detained seven journalists during the coverage of a weapon depot fire on 4 July 2018, later released them

Hardi Abdulla The security forces of Sulaimaniyah seized all the flash memory and USB cards used to cover a fire incident in a weapon depot on 4 July, and they refuse to return them. The journalists, after a short detention, where released. The fire started on 4 July 2018 in Tasluja, Sulaimaniyah. When journalists arrived […]

Negotiations to re-open Erbil-Kirkuk road ongoing

Kirkuk, Pirde bridge on the road of Kirkuk-Erbil is damaged because of war. Photo: Karwan Salhi

Soran Muhammad Erbil and Baghdad have been discussing the reopening of Erbil-Kirkuk road without reaching a final agreement. The most recent discussion was on Tuesday 24 July, where a security and administrative delegation from the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) visited Kirkuk to discuss the matter with a delegation from the federal government. Installing a portable […]

Who protects Khanaqin?
Six forces deployed in town while residents flee

Diyala 2018, Six different troops are deployed to protect Khanaqin and its environs. Photo: Hawre Azad

Hawre Azad – Diyala While six forces have been deployed in this northeastern town of Diyala, the residents flee the dire security situation. Despite security operation, several breaches have been recorded in Khanaqin district and its environs. KirkukNow learnt that six bomb explosions have happened in the last two months, with 12 casualties. Most of […]

KirkukNow’s managing editor wins Freedom of Journalism prize

Sulaimaniyah, 21 July 2018, Shorsh Khalid, chief editor at KirkukNow, receives the annual Martyr of Pen Soran Mama Hama Award for Freedom of Journalism

KirkukNow The managing editor of KirkukNow Shorsh Khalid received this year’s the Pen Martyr Soran Mama Hama prize for Freedom of Journalism, as one of the three winners handpicked for the award by an independent committee. The event took place on 21 July in Sulaimaniyah, marking the 10th year of the assassination of Soran Mama […]

You can’t drink in Tikrit anymore

Salahadin, June 2018, Only months after opening his liquor shop, Ashur's father is obliged to close it down. Photo: KirkukNow

Karwan Salhi – Salahadin “Haram or bad for my health, it’s me and my body, not yours to decide,” Qaduri was responding to Tikrit authorities. The concerns of Mustafa Qaduri is that he cannot find liquor in his city anymore, as the city’s administration prohibited its sale. The decision to do so was signed by […]

Internet shut down hurt media outlets

KirkukNow news website could not cover the developments of the disputed areas efficently due to the lack of connectivity

Narin Rostam Journalists and media outlets could not perform their task efficently once the internet shutdown occured in the disputed areas. From mid-14 July to 18 the internet access was no longer available in many areas, as the social media websites were blocked in all Iraq, including the Kurdistan region. The blockade was at a […]

What is happening in Iraq?
Protests grow without new parliament

Baghdad, 30 June 2018, the last advisory session of the third tenure of the Iraqi parliament. Photo: Parliament media

  KirkukNow As parliament’s tenure has expired, the Iraqi government cannot be monitored, while the country suffers from complications without any new legislation. The parliament’s tenure, per the instructions of the constitution, ended in July 2018, while the new parliament’s mandate is yet to begin due to the delay in approving election results. The manual […]

One year after liberation, Mosul suffers from war residue

Mosul, 4 March 2017, children from the Tayaran neighbourhood stand with toy guns. Photo: Fazil Hawrami

Hind Ahmed – Ninewa One year passed since the Islamic State (ISIS) was ousted in Mosul, but the city suffers from the residue of war in the form of debris, unburied bodies and lack of essential services. Last year in July, the Iraqi forces could end ISIS in Mosul, as they took over the city […]

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